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Today's News

  • St. Elmo's mayor resigns; interim will be picked Thursday

    The St. Elmo City Council will meet this Thursday evening to pick a successor to Randy Watson, three days after Watson stepped down from the city's mayoral post.

    Watson surprised aldermen on Monday night when he submitted a brief letter of resignation, then left the council's regularly scheduled meeting.

    The council voted to have Alderman Jayson Porter conduct mayoral duties for the remainder of the meeting and recessed after completing scheduled matters.

    The council will recovene at 7 p.m. this Thursday to choose an interim mayor.

  • FCHD names new administrator

    A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

    The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

    Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

    She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

  • St. Elmo mayor resigns

    Randy Watson resigned from the mayoral post in St. Elmo at Monday night's city council meeting.

    Watson reportedly read his resignation, then left the meeting.

    The council appointed Alderman Jayson Porter to serve as mayor for that meeting, and agreed to recess the meeting until Thursday, at which time it could appoint a successor.

    For more, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Statehouse Open House is Saturday

    The Vandalia Statehouse's annual Christmas Open House will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. this Saturday.

    The first 100 families registering at the event will receive a handmade Christmas ornament.

    The open house is free and open to the public.

    Period music will be provide by Baroque Folk, and cookies and mulled cider will be served by members of Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • Rhodes, Chatham crowned at BHS
  • SAFE's 'Homes for the Holidays' is this weekend

    S.A.F.E.'s annual "Homes for the Holidays"' Christmas tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. each day, with tours of six buildings available.

    Included in the tours is a variety of unique homes. Throughout these homes are numerous antique family pieces, various unique collections, one of-a kind art, paint treatments and a variety of Christmas decorations.

    Stops on this year's tour are:

    • The home of Roy and LaVonda Nichols.

    • Lawinger Law Office.

    • The home of Brad and Darlene Williams.

  • Vandals go 0-4 at St. Athony Tournament

    The Effingham-St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament was essentially a weeklong varsity boot camp for an inexperienced Vandalia boys basketball team.

    And just like real-life basic training, the experience was demanding and downright unpleasant at times - yet still positive in the long run, as the Vandals emerged from the tournament a stronger team despite an 0-4 record.

  • VCHS Wrestlers Dominate in Opener

    No Josh Eller? New names up and down the lineup?

    No problem for the VCHS wrestling team.

    The Vandals overcame the abscence of one of their best wrestlers and some understandable nerves in their season opener on Monday, rolling to a thorough 52-23 road victory over Class 2A Belleville West.

    The Vandals recorded wins in 11 of the 14 individual matches, with seven of those victories coming via pins.

  • Thanks for serving

    Its often a thankless job, attending numerous meetings, doing research, getting feedback from constituents and making decisions that affect the populace. But fortunately, we have people who are willing to represent us in local government and on the various bodies overseeing our taxing entities.

    One such individual is Dean Black, who has stepped down after serving on the Fayette County Board as a representative of the St. Elmo area for nine years and as chairman of the board for half a decade.

  • KC campus to be huge asset to city

    Though classes wont begin until January, and some furniture has yet to arrive, the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus project is close enough to completion to begin creating considerable excitement.

    That excitement was evident Tuesday morning, when college officials and members of the successful capital campaign committee gathered for a breakfast meeting and participated in sneak preview tours of the new facility.